What Do You Think About “The Affair” And All Affairs?

If you’re one of the 1.54 million people who watched the premiere of the second season of The Affair, on Showtime this past Sunday night, you’re probably as addicted to the show as I am. I hung on every word and action last season, and my addiction doesn’t show any signs of abating.


Photo: Craig Blankenhorn/SHOWTIME

For those of you who haven’t watched, let me give you a synopsis of the show:

A handsome English teacher and modestly successful author (Noah) is married to a pretty woman from a rich, and ubersnobby, family (her name is Helen, and her father is a successful author). She owns a gift boutique, upscale, of course. They live in a brownstone in Brooklyn (thanks to her parents’ moola) and have two sons and two daughters. At first, they appear to have a great sex life and a delightfully happy marriage.

The young family spends the summers at the rich parents’ palatial estate on Long Island (Montauk, to be exact), although the husband detests his in-laws (you would, too). At least, it gives him a chance to write his next novel. It also brings him something unexpected: An out-of-this-world physical attraction to a sexy, smart, local woman (Alison), who waitresses at a popular seafood restaurant (of course it’s seafood; this is a beach town.) Oh, she’s married, too, to a local rancher (Cole) They lost their only child, a young son, in a swimming accident. Alison is pretty depressed and Cole has thug-like tendencies, in more ways than one.

The attraction is so strong, and mutual, from the get go that Noah and Alison start The Affair. This is not just “an” affair. It’s “THE” AFFAIR. Their sex is otherwordly; their conversations are intense; their clandestine meetings are so well planned that no one, from either family, suspects a thing. Alison gives Noah what he has gotten little of from his wife or in-laws: Respect. And Noah gives Alison what she doesn’t get from Cole: Intelligence and gentleness. So sex isn’t the only thing they’ve got going for them. When the cat is let out of the proverbial bag (by none other than Noah and Alison, themselves), all hell breaks lose.

Photo: Courtesy of SHOWTIME

I’ll stop giving the details here, but now I want to pose some questions. Your answers will be completely anonymous.


 

[Anonymous Poll] Tell us your attitudes about affairs and blissful marriages

1. Can a marriage be truly blissful when in-laws, kids, jobs, money, real life get in the way?

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2. Is it possible for someone to be happily married, yet fall so deeply in love with someone else that she would sacrifice the happiness of her young kids, not to mention all her possessions?

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3. Do you know many people who’ve remained married because it’s more “convenient” and “easier” than divorcing?

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4. If someone falls deeply in love with someone else, then marries him, what are the chances that this intense love will weaken?

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5. Do you know of truly blissful relationships?

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6. Do you consider your relationship truly blissful?

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7. If you answered yes to question #6, do you think you could still fall so deeply in love with someone else that you would sacrifice your husband and possessions to be with him?

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8. If someone has an affair, can she still call her marriage blissful?

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9. Do you know anyone who left her supposedly happy marriage to be with “the love of her life?”

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10. Were you rooting for Meryl Streep to stay with her family in the 1995 hit movie The Bridges of Madison County, or run off with Clint Eastwood?

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5 Responses to “What Do You Think About “The Affair” And All Affairs?”

  1. Saoirse says:

    I’m not sure what this “bliss” is that the questions keep referring to..? Do people not live in the real world, no one is perfect and no relationship is perfect. But the minute another person comes along, or there’s some hiccup in the relationship, the marriage is over.
    Most people who I know who admit to having had an affair deeply deeply regret their behaviour. I don’t know anyone who stayed with their lover, and most of them couldn’t repair the damage they’d done to their marriage.
    People are just too damn selfish.

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    • Gary Harris says:

      I agree as I play black ops online n most of them are selfish I want I want. Nothing of how are you or could I ask wot you think to it (what ever it maybe). I do think of others B4 my self maybe it’s my down fall. There are some that are nice but defo not many of them around.

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  2. Mick says:

    If you want to have an affair, have the decency to inform your current partner and file for divorce. Cheating is a deal breaker and lying about it is unforgivably dishonest.

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    • Saoirse says:

      Totally agree.

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  3. Geri Brin says:

    Sorry! The caption in the top photo should say Noah and Alison, not Helen. We will correct it asap Geri Brin, FOF

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